| September/October 1982

Hi! to all our wonderful Gas Engine Family. I know many of you are really having a good time at the shows and reunions-now don't you all forget to encourage your friends in this hobby and we'll be happy to have them in the GEM Family, also. And don't forget those little tidbit stories, or unusual or funny happenings, that occur when good folks with one hobby in mind get together-you send them along to me and we'll try and write 'em up in the Smoke Rings-now onto the communications that you all so anxiously await.

Well, for openers, I just wanted to tell you we had a delightful visit with MRS. JEAN WILSON, 604 Pinkston Drive, Moweaqua, Illinois 62550 and son Chad. When she had called me to stop around she said she was also bringing her father, Leland Branyan and wife, Millie, along. You see, Jean is doing a history of the Branyan genealogy and stopped to get any material she might find here. When she called she said her father had another reason to visit, too- guess-he takes the Magazine for many years and just was happy to stop by. So glad you Folks came for a visit-our short chat turned into a 3-hour get together, and thanks to Jean we are finding out quite a bit about the Branyans-an interesting hobby-Jean says you think you are getting a hold on the hobby, but after awhile it gets hold of you and you can't stop-she looks toward the future to putting her information in a book. Sign us up, Jean, we'll take one!

Our first notice comes from BLAKE MALKAMAKI, 10839 Girdled Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077: 'I just purchased a 10-ton American Motor Road Roller, built by the Austin Mfg. Co. in Chicago, Illinois. This roller has a one cylinder engine with 10?' bore and 18' stroke. I would like to know if anyone could supply me with drawings or photographs of the linkage between the igniter and the sideshaft. I would like to correspond with anyone who owns such a roller.' (Any pals out there with a roller like Blake has- he'll be watching the mails for your answer).

TOM GIBBONS, 10558 N. Elyria Road, West Salem, Ohio 44287 sends this: 'Sure could use some help from the 'Old Iron Gang'. I have an Ottawa log saw, single flywheel and would guess it's from 1? to 2? HP. The only thing on the nameplate is Ottawa Log Saw #ES1070. It has a spark plug in a plate where an igniter could go, but I don't see any evidence of anything to trip an igniter or for timing a coil for the plug. What should it have?

I also need details or drawing of how the spindles were mounted to pivot the wheels. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for a swell magazine on such a fun hobby!'


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